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Covering Every Angle of Technology

If you’re tired of the complicated and drawn-out explanations when it comes to technology, this is the podcast for you! Join us as we discuss and analyze the industry focusing on how it relates to you and influences your daily life. We cover the entire spectrum of technology – business, media, healthcare, government, space, security, education, social media, privacy, e-commerce, aeronautics, and more.

Ambient Computing

LendingTree surveyed thousands of home sellers and it was learned that many are using secret cameras to leverage their properties, without consent from buyers and agents. A planned 1,500-person e-sports arena is being constructed in Ohio to draw more attention from the Midwest population, and we think it is a stellar idea. After years of trying to figure out the future of DirecTV, AT&T finally spun off the cable provider from their core business model. Lastly, we are learning more about what Amazon has planned for Alexa in terms of ambient computing and the future of in-home voice functionality.

AirDrop Prank Goes Very Wrong

A terrible AirDrop prank went very wrong when a teenager decided to share photos of an airsoft gun to those with open AirDrop functionality enabled. Wildfires are devastating the western state, yet there are several fire behavior computer modeling programs out there assisting fire managers with data and information. Technology has changed the way the summer Olympics games are both played and covered from equipment design and camera quality to biometric data and player performance.

United Airlines Invests in Electrified Airplanes

United Airlines is looking to revolutionize regional air travel with the purchase of 100 zero-emissions, electrically powered airplanes from Sweden-based Heart Aerospace. After lingering concerns for nearly a month, the Hubble Telescope is now up and fully functioning thanks to the troubleshooting expertise of engineers. Warby Parker has updated their app to include augmented reality abilities to digitally try on glasses and have a prescription issued. Blue Origin is set to launch their New Shepard rocket with a four person crew, including Jeff Bezos and famed female NASA figure Wally Funk.

Swimply – Profit off the Pool

A newish app called Swimply is making waves as it offers homeowners the opportunity to rent out the backyards (pool, BBQ, spas, etc.) to visitors looking for a change of environment. The Pentagon has formally cancelled a $10 billion cloud computing contract with Microsoft raising more questions than answers. Virgin Galactic has made history with the success rocketing into space with the help of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo then returning to Earth safe and sound.

What Happened to the Smart City?

Columbus, Ohio wrapped up their 5-year Smart City grant and we learned of the successes and failures of the process. New data is showing that consumers are shelling out upwards of $65 billions during the first half of 2021 with few indications of slowing down. Windows 11 received very mixed reactions and we shared some thoughts from what was presented. John McAfee changed the landscape of virus protection and created an industry that was essential to protecting our systems. The Hubble Telescope is experiencing some technical and computing issues and NASA is racing to ensure the system gets back online.

Vacation Tech Talk

During a recent vacation, we learned about some unique regional technology trends happening in various states. In a funny yet bizarre petition, thousands are signing an online action to ban Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth after the Blue Origin virgin flight. The Microsoft event in which we anticipate Windows 11 to be displayed is happening this week. Several Texas residents experienced a change in their thermostat settings as it was learned that a company is remotely raising temperatures after residents entered into a promotional event. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the world wide web, is selling the original 10,000 lines of source code as an NFT in an upcoming auction.

Influx of Cash into Technology

At Apple’s WWDC last week, iOS15 was unveiled and showcased a number of new features for mobile and iPad users. With the advancements in the tablet iOS operating system, the question has been raised as to how Google and Android can compete in the tablet market in the future. The US Senate passed a bill that would boost government funding into the tech industry to the tune of $250 billion over a five year period with a focus on semiconductor manufacturing and related fields.

Vehicle Shortages And Amazon Sidewalk

This week we dive into the vehicle shortage many local automotive dealerships are facing due to the semiconductor production issue. Microsoft is poised to make a significant announcement in late June regarding their famed Windows operating system. Amazon Sidewalk has hit the streets and you would probably be best served to turn off its functionality as soon as possible. The US Department of Justice successfully recovered $2.2 million worth of Bitcoin that was paid by Colonial Pipeline from their recent hack.

ESPN & Sports Media Transactions

On Episode 532 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving into sports, electric vehicles, photo storage, and space tributes. ESPN made headlines this week by finalizing several broadcast deals that are making live sporting events their main focus. Canoo announced their van/bus electric vehicle designed around a specific lifestyle and peculiar frame. Google Photos has ended their unlimited and free cloud storage and some customers may be looking at paying for storage. Michael Collins, one of the first astronauts to conduct spaceflights, died in April and we pay tribute to his contributions to NASA and science.

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